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Wearables: Where’s the growth? Just about everywhere

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The wearables market is growing fast.

How fast? More than 310 million wearable devices will be sold worldwide this year, predicts research firm Gartner. Assuming that’s correct, it will mark an increase over last year of nearly 17%.

That’s plenty fast. And looking ahead, industry analysts see more of the same. They predict that sales of wearables will continue to increase year-over-year for the foreseeable future.

Watch the watch space

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5 awesome tech gifts for the holidays

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Help customers move off HDD with new Intel SSD drives

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Intel’s new SSDs could have your customers rethinking their data-center architectures in a big way.

These solid-state drives offer a brand-new form factor for the first time in years. They also pack updated non-volatile memory and a SATA solution for legacy hardware. Get ready for a whole new ballgame.

SATA, introduced back in 2000, quickly became the gold standard for computer bus interfacing. Though the world is now moving on to newer solutions — especially the PCIe/NVMe protocol — many data centers still rely on this turn-of-the-century mainstay.

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Voice-controlled smart-home tech: it’s time to listen

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Why Lenovo’s new meeting-room system is the talk of the town

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Welcome to the wide world of meeting-room systems. Videoconferencing is hot, and the world’s most powerful hardware makers are all vying for a piece (or more) of your customer’s tech budgets.

In return, these hardware suppliers offer varying degrees of connectivity, ease of use, and purpose-built hardware. All promise to virtually connect users no matter where they are on the planet.

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FPGA: coming soon to a server near you

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Virtual assistants: the platform race is on!

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The world of virtual assistants is about to get even more interesting. Voice-recognition and voice-processing technologies are advancing quickly, bringing Star Trek-worthy functionality.

Voice-controlled virtual assistants can now be found in myriad devices, including mobile phones, PCs, automobiles, even refrigerators. The race is on to create the perfect virtual-assistant platform, one that can appear in, and communicate with, as many devices as possible.

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Intel Core X + Optane memory = high-end gaming

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If your enthusiast gaming customers are hungry for the ultimate performance, Intel’s new Core i9 X-series processors could be just what they’re looking for.

Intel has been in the process of rolling out its Core X-Series processors since the beginning of the summer. The most powerful of these — an 18-core behemoth called Core i9-7980XE (Extreme Edition) — should be available for purchase on Sept. 25 for just under $2,000.

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Will the new 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs help you refresh older PCs?

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Last week Intel officially launched its 8th Generation Core processor family, codenamed Coffee Lake, from Oregon, just hours before the solar eclipse. First to hit the market will be a quartet of mobile chips.

Looking for help refreshing your customers’ older systems? Intel says its new 8th Gen Core processors can provide a performance improvement of up to 40%, delivering a 2x performance boost over PCs built 5 years ago.

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Intel’s NUC mini-PC gets specific

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